Best Battery Chainsaws

Battery chainsaws are thought to be a happy medium between their electric and petrol powered counterparts, although they do come with their own limitations. Are they right for you and your project? Read more...

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Ryobi One+ 18V Cordless OCS1825

Perfect for cutting trees and logs safely, this household battery chainsaw contains a lightweight build with an overmold handle and vibration dampening throughout the entire tool for a smoother cut.

Price (RRP) $159.00

  • Lightweight & easy to use

  • Adjustable chain tension

  • 6-year warranty

  • Leaky oiler

  • Build Quality
    3.5 (11)
  • Value for Money
    3.6 (11)
  • Ease of Use
    4.4 (11)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.6 (11)
  • Safety
    4.0 (11)
  • Bar Length25 cm
  • Uses Small tree felling, trimming, and cross-cutting
  • Voltage 18 V
Stihl MSA 220 C-B
5.0 from 4 reviews

STIHL features a professional cordless chainsaw that has an ergonomic two-hand operation design and a quiet EC motor.

  • STIHL’s most powerful battery chainsaw

  • Lightweight and compact

  • Tool-free oil tank cap

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (4)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.5 (4)
  • Safety
    5.0 (4)
Stihl GTA 26 Garden Pruner
5.0 from 4 reviews

Perfect for garden use, the GTA 26 delivers up to 25 minutes of runtime and can provide powerful and precise cuts.

Price (RRP) $249.00

  • Precision cutting tool

  • Anti-kickback guard

  • 25 minutes of runtime

  • Not the best safety features

  • Build Quality
    5.0 (3)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (3)
  • Safety
    4.7 (3)
  • Bar Length10 cm
  • Uses Pruning
  • Voltage 10.8 V
Stihl MSA 120
5.0 from 3 reviews

This compact battery-powered chainsaw is lightweight, easy to use and provides cuts that are faster, cleaner and stays sharp for longer.

Price (RRP) $339.00

Victa Vforce+ 40Volt
5.0 from 2 reviews

Featuring a lithium-ion battery, this cordless chainsaw contains essential safety features along with its reliable Victa build quality.

Makita DUC254Z
5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Just spent the day with the Makita DUC254z cordless top handle chainsaw .The need for this unit was the 40 meters of Cypress hedges are too tall at 4.1 m . I have no problems with the mild trimming

Black & Decker 18V Li-Ion 25cm Chainsaw GKC1825L20-XE

Latest review: I had already wasted heaps on 2 poor quality battery chain saws from China so was very wary before trying again. However, this saw exceeded all my expectations. It is light, powerful and very easy

EGO CS1400E
5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: i have a large sthil and a mid sized sthil petorl saw as well as the electric sthil so i have something to compare to, i almost always reach for the Ego as its simply easy, it cuts and cuts, say

Husqvarna 120i
5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: I've previously reviewed another battery-powered chainsaw (Black & Decker's GKC 1820 L-XE) and rated it highly. I extolled its virtues for light work on a small rural property; and back then (early

Price (RRP) $567.00

Makita DUC302Z Cordless Chainsaw

Latest review: I have 3 chainsaws - 2 are petrol (62cc and 32cc). The Makita is the one I always go to first. I think that is mainly because it's cordless - no mixing fuel and it's quiet. But the 302 is also great.

Price (RRP) $379.00

Ozito 18V Cordless Pole Pruner PXCPPK-218

Latest review: Was using B&D products for many years, now with their new battery format (just a plug change!!!) decided to try Ozito as have few corded ones which are not bad. This saw is very good engineered,

AEG ACS18BS6
4.6 from 7 reviews

Latest review: Great small firewood and pruning saw. It exceeded my expectations and I have hardly used my petrol saw since buying this. It's light, well balanced and smooth so it's easy on your arms. It's

Price (RRP) $399.00

Ozito PXC 18V PXCCSK-418
4.5 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Lovely and lightweight. Cuts surprisingly well for a small battery saw. I just leave it at the foot of my back seat and grab it when I see a fallen limb which I quickly cut up for firewood and throw

Price (RRP) $199.00

Black & Decker 18V Cordless CCS818

Latest review: Have had one of these for some years now. Absolutely brilliant for cutting firewood for campfires. Our camping friends leave their petrol saws in their campers while the B&D goes to work. Battery

Husqvarna 536Li XP
4.5 from 2 reviews

Latest review: I purchase this over 3 years ago to replace a similar sized petrol chainsaw. I will never go back to a petrol model. It gives about the same cutting time as a petrol tank using the larger 9ah

Stihl MSA 140C
4.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Good machine, cuts small trees and branches very well with a small cut. Not good on trees over 225mm. Recharging batteries takes 2/3 hours, far too long. With 2 batteries you have around 40 minutes

Stihl MSA 160 C / MSA 160 C-BQ

Stihl MSA 160 C / MSA 160 C-BQ

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3.8 from 9 reviews

Latest review: This chainsaw performs like a petrol driven chainsaw only it is a lot lighter to handle. I used this saw for the first time on our travels through NSW and QLD, we free camp the majority of the time

Price (RRP) $399.00

Bosch 12V Cordless Easy Cut 06033C9040

Latest review: A while ago, I bought a low-cost mini chainsaw and am quite happy with it. The only fault is that the chain comes loose after a while no matter how hard the locking screw is tightened. So, I thought

Price (RRP) $199.00

Ozito 18V Cordless Pole Pruner PXCPPS-018

Latest review: easy to start. used on small branches 2 -3 cm. Aside from leaking oil , the problem is a chain saw which becomes loose after adjustment locking and brief use .innovative

AEG ACS58LI401
3.0 from 6 reviews

Latest review: Battery lasts 20-30 mins. Cuts decent logs but doesnt have the power of a petrol saw. It worked pretty well for a while but mine failed after 8 months of use. Warranty is worthless... I was told $200

Price (RRP) $660.00

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Batterry powered chainsaw

How do battery chainsaws work?

Battery chainsaws are a type of cordless electric chainsaw which get their energy from rechargeable batteries, making them both portable and easily manouverable. Unlike petrol-powered saws, they don’t require as much engine maintenance and can be used for a whole range of sawing tasks.

Battery packs typically give you about 1-2 hours of cutting time, so if you want to spend a full day sawing, make sure you come prepared with multiple batteries.

Pros and cons of a battery-powered chainsaw

Pros

Battery-powered chainsaws are generally light and compact; they work for hours and thrive when cutting small trees and doing general trimming. There’s no need to waste time and money filling up on fuel when you can just put a battery in and start cutting.

Depending on the product, these types of saws can be quite powerful while also being more suitable for use in urban areas. Compared to a petrol chainsaw, battery chainsaws are much quieter, but do keep in mind that you still need hearing protection for both tools.

Cons

On the flip side, battery chainsaws are typically the most expensive model of chainsaws, ranging from $160-700. The batteries will need time to charge before they can be used, so take that into consideration when choosing the right chainsaw for your project.

When it comes to big jobs such as timber felling for lumber or firewood, storm & disaster cleanup and commercial tree removal, you’re better off going with a gas-engine saw.

Battery chainsaw uses

Battery chainsaws can be used for a range of cutting projects.

For light pruning or hedge trimming, a bar length of up to 40 cm (16") would be appropriate, and for medium chainsaw work such as small tree felling, trimming and cross-cutting, a bar up to 50 cm (20") in length is ideal.

For all other heavy sawing, like tree-felling, saw-log prep and milling, a bar longer than 50 cm is usually required.

Generally, the chainsaw bar should be 5cm (2”) longer than the thickness of what it is you want to cut - most models of chainsaws allow you to swap blades to accommodate different tasks.

Safety factors to consider when using a chainsaw

Safety is an important factor to consider when using all chainsaws. You should make sure you're properly equipped with head, toe, eye and ear protection and have a pair of heavy-duty gloves to operate your saw. Battery-powered chainsaws have no cables to trip over and fewer noise safety concerns compared to petrol and corded chainsaws. However, making sure your chainsaw is the right weight and size for you is critical to using it safely.

Features to look out for

Tool-free chain tensioning: This is a great feature which saves you from retensioning the chain manually with tools. It is usually found in a quick thumb wheel format.

Chain brake: This stops the chain from rotating around the bar and is an important safety tool to keep you protected. It can be triggered by pushing the handle forward or when the saw kicks back.

Automatic chain oiling/lubrication: Some chainsaws come with automatic oilers which allow you to adjust the flow rate of the bar oil. The lubricant is released automatically when cutting and can be adjusted depending on your needs.

Anti-vibrating system: This feature makes your chainsaw works much smoother and improves your control of it, also acting as a safety feature.

Quick/easy start: Starting the chainsaw can be made a lot easier with an additional spring between the crankshaft and the starter rope rotor.

Carrying case: If you need to transport your chainsaw to many different locations, you should look for a chainsaw with a carrying case to make that process easier.

You can read reviews on the best battery chainsaws on the market today on our website.